UW coach Chris Petersen stepping down after bowl game

Chris Petersen on the sideline of a Washington Huskies' game

Chris Petersen on the sideline of a Washington Huskies' game

In a shocking announcement, Chris Petersen has stepped down as the Washington Huskies head football coach. The Huskies have named Jimmy Lake as the permanent head football coach moving forward. The fact that Chris Petersen is staying with the program is a big key, but it looks like most of the assistant coaches will be staying with the team as well.

Petersen left Boise State after his worst season, an 8-4 regular season in 2013, and indicated he was eager for a new challenge at Washington. He's done so well for so many years and he's an absolute professional and I wish him well. "There is a lot of world out there, outside of football, and I hope he enjoys the chance to see it".

"I'll be a Husky for life, but now is the right time for me to step away from my head coaching duties and recharge", Petersen said in a press release.

"Tremendous amount of respect for coach Petersen", Cristobal said.

Petersen isn't getting out while the getting was good - he's just getting out, and that is something I just didn't expect. His career winning percentage of.793 ranks second among active coaches with at least five years of FBS experience.

Current Montana State coach Jeff Choate worked with Petersen, Lake and Kwiatkowski at UW, coaching the Husky linebackers in 2014-15.

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Some of that reflects the realities of recruiting high-school athletes in 2019. "I gave him a name and he goes, 'No, not that guy". I would have never though that.

There is no better person right now who could take over Chris Petersen's job than Jimmy Lake. He became a starting strong safety in Cheney, was voted a team captain and claimed All-Big Sky Honorable Mention honors as a senior.

Before landing on Petersen's Boise State staff, Lake had stints as a defensive backs coach with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Detroit Lions.

As we all know, Coach Lake is one of the best recruiters in the country, period. Merely a succession plan that's appeared to be in place for a number of years whereas Lake was being searched for different jobs across the nation.

"He's one of those guys you were like, 'Why do you want to be a coach?" Together with veteran defensive coach Pete Kwiatkowski, the duo have been the architects for a Washington protection that's been among the many finest within the nation in recent times and developed a protracted checklist of National Football League draftees. He's only 55. He will coach in the bowl game for the Huskies. "He overachieved as a player (at EWU) and he's done the same thing as a coach".

Petersen was 92-12 at Boise State, including wins in the 2007 and 2010 Fiesta Bowls. Athletics director Jen Cohen immediately appointed defensive coordinator Jimmy Lake to the permanent position as head coach.

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